Avalon High: The Merlin Prophecy (A Graphic Novel by Meg Cabot)

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1st PUBLISHED: 2007

ISBN: 978-0-330-45316-5

BEST SELLERS: The Princess Diaries, the Mediator Series, Teen Idol, Tommy Sullivan is a Freak, the Airhead Trilogy

SYNOPSIS:

Life’s been pretty exciting for Ellie since she joined Avalon High. She is doing great at school, she’s a star of the track team- and, oh yeah, she’s dating the super hot class president, Will, who also happens to be the alleged reincarnation of King Arthur.

Ellie isn’t sure she really believes Will is a reincarnated king- and Will finds it a stretch too. But their doubts might prevent an age of enlightenment – and the Merlin Prophecy- from coming about. And whatever they believe, their lives are definitely in danger…


ARPITA SPEAKS:

Presenting, a graphic novel that is actually as ridiculous as it seems to be. (No offence intended.) After reading Avalon High as a novel, I had a few expectations from its sequel…Manga style (an apparent hybrid of American and Japanese comics). And believe you me each and every one of them was dashed. Divided into three sections, this book makes you wonder why you ever picked it up in the first place.

The first chapter takes you through the story of Avalon High, the novel, so that you have some clue as to what’s going on here; although, to be quite frank, there’s nothing really going on. Based on an Arthurian legend, Avalon High: the Merlin Prophecy introduces you to Will Wagner- the reincarnated King Arthur- and Ellie Harrison, the reincarnated Lady of the Lake, his supposed protector.

While Will’s best friend Lance takes on the role of the handsome knight Sir Lancelot, Will’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer is assumed to be King Arthur’s wife Guinevere (who had allegedly fallen in love with the knight). Come in Marco, Will’s step brother. Who, according to Merlin (read: Ellie’s history teacher Mr. Morton) “couldn’t help trying to kill his half brother, any more than Mordred couldn’t help killing King Arthur”. The second part reveals the whole point of writing this sequel: the Merlin Prophecy, which states that “in order for Camelot-like peacefulness to reign once again over the planet…the reincarnation of Arthur must believe he is truly a king.’’

There’s some babble about the homecoming, by when Will must accept his fate or the world will be plunged into darkness and evil will take over. The third section ends before the action has started and leaves you partly frustrated and partly relieved. (That it’s over.) Read it if you must. It’s something you can go through if you’re stuck in class and need to keep yourself from falling asleep. (Thank heavens I only borrowed it.)

RATING: 1.5

PRICE: Rs199/- (Narayan’s BNM, Dehradun)

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  1. 1.5 stars??? noooooo

    Aww i so love the Arthurian Legends. Camelot and the knights. We all know that Arthur's love, Guinevere falls for Ser Lancelot and Morgana tries to kill Arthur. Add Merlin and we have a blockbuster

    *sigh* after watching shows like Merlin and Camelot religiously, i was hoping this one with do justice. but 1.5 stars, thank you but i wil pass.... Meg Cabot, you disappoint me!

    Btw, Thanks Arp for warning us not to buy this :P good review

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  2. @FL: lmao :D ur welcome ;) i luv d arthurian legends 2! esp after doin "the lady of shalott" by tennyson in class...if u dnt mind readin meg cabot, go for avalon high d novel. its actually a fun read. but this graphic novel...goodness,it ends b4 it even starts!! :-/

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  3. hey Arpita,I did read the reviews you did and I found them really nice,good job girl. I want to join your blog (its awesome ) but will have to wait for my exams to finish before I even think of doing anything new :D

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  4. hey swarnali, thanks a lot! delighted to know that u liked them. :D this is definitely d best comment we've got so far! ("i want to join ur blog, its awesome...") THANK U!! ^_^

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